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Aug 03, 2010 (7:26 pm)
Just wanted to get some insight from others..we currently have a 2004 Pilot EX-L. Lots of miles. Looking to upgrade to another Pilot (touring) or the 2010 CX-9. Not sure which way to go...afraid I may miss the space in the Pilot (2 small kids) but want some of the bells and whistles (moonroof, power liftgate) without breaking the bank.
Thanks in advance!
#7242 of 7355 Re: Pilot or CX-9 [novabuyer1]
Aug 04, 2010 (8:22 am)
Not sure which way to go...afraid I may miss the space in the Pilot (2 small kids) but want some of the bells and whistles (moonroof, power liftgate) without breaking the bank.
Not sure what space you think you might miss novabuyer? If I'm not mistaken the CX-9 has more cargo and passenger room all around than the Pilot plus it looks a great deal better than the Pilot IMO.
#7243 of 7355 Re: Pilot or CX-9 [baggs32]
Aug 04, 2010 (9:23 am)
Pilot's taller & wider, CX-9's nearly a foot longer. In general, interior advantages for each are as expected... Pilot has more head & hip/shoulder room, CX-9 has more leg room and cargo room. Pilot's boxy cargo area may be easier to pack & its 3rd row is considerably more habitable (only an advantage if you use it). Both are solid choices. Whichever way you go, CX-9 surely has enough room for 2 kids & gear. If you plan on a 3rd kid, Pilot will better accommodate 3 carseats across... that was our deciding factor when we traded our Outback for a Pilot.
#7244 of 7355 Re: Pilot or CX-9 [novabuyer1]
Aug 04, 2010 (10:09 am)
When I test drove the CX9 I liked it, a bit sportier than the Pilot, though it's probably a tad less roomy.
If you live in Northern VA, as I'm thinking, search fitzmall.com, they have a no-haggle Mazda dealership in Annapolis IIRC, so you can get up-front CX9 pricing hassle-free.
#7245 of 7355 Re: Pilot or CX-9 [jeffmc]
Aug 05, 2010 (9:03 am)
After checking the numbers I agree. I was more referring to cargo space which the CX-9 has more of (unless you plan on blocking the rear glass with cargo in which case you shouldn't be driving anyway) so what specific spacial issues you have will determine which is better.
FWIW we chose the Ford Flex over both, CX-9 was a close second, for it's unique styling and near-luxury car interior. We sacrificed a little space for overall first and second row comfort (2 adults and 2 small boys) and I don't regret it.
I never did drive a Pilot because one look at that strange green fake glass-like center stack made me run away. Far, far away.
#7246 of 7355 Re: Pilot or CX-9 [baggs32]
Aug 05, 2010 (9:44 am)
One thing to look for - when you sit in a CX9, make sure your knees are comfy.
When I sat in one, my right knee space was limited by a protrusion in the center console that was just annoying.
Oddly, my MX-5 has a similar flaw, but on the left knee (the bottle holder protrudes). Mazda needs to pay more attention to passenger comfort. I velcro'd some black foam in strategic places to pad the area where my knees rest, but the protrusions should not exist to begin with.
#7247 of 7355 need to replace Mazda mpv...choices traverse, acadia, cx9
Mar 21, 2012 (6:12 pm)
I am currently searching for a new vehicle to replace my very dependable mazda mpv (2004). This car has been amazing over the past 8 years.... we are a family of 5 with 2 large dogs. I love the reliability and the layout (captain seats, roomy third row, and room for cargo.) So, any suggestions for a replacement? I would like to move out of the minivan stage, but most importantly, I want reliability. Any suggestions would be great!
#7248 of 7355 Re: need to replace Mazda mpv...choices traverse, acadia, cx9 [marley75]
Mar 22, 2012 (8:16 am)
If you've been happy with Mazda and your dealer, the CX9 is a good drive and likely roomy enough for you.
I would bring the dogs to see if they can easily hop up to the cargo area, since it's likely higher up than a minivan's floor.
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